Up until now, all of my digital imaging has been using Point & Shoot cameras (currently a Canon PowerShot SD900).
Just about all of my non-digital imaging has been on slide film, currently using a Nikon N90s and a Nikon F3.
My SLR lenses that I normally use are a Nikor AF 35-70 f2.8 and a Sigma 70-200 f2.8
I've been thinking about getting a DSLR, & was just about ready to get a D300, but now the D700 comes along.
The way that I understand it, if I go the D700 route, I my current lenses would provide an image of comparable size to 35mm film, whereas to get a similar sized image with a D300, I would have to get a wider angle lens, correct?
I don't know what features that I would loose by using my current lenses with a D700, so that is something that I would have to look into.
#1. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 0
"The way that I understand it, if I go the D700 route, I my current lenses would provide an image of comparable size to 35mm film, whereas to get a similar sized image with a D300, I would have to get a wider angle lens, correct?"
This is correct.
Those two lens will work fine on the D700.
I don't see any reason why anyone who is reasonably competent with the cameras you have should have trouble learning to use the D700, provided you don't try to learn everything about it at once. You can start out with the default settings and get very good pictures.
#2. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 1
When I first read the title I thought Oh Lord! If all you shot with was a P&S then it would be too much for an entry into the Dslr realm but, since you have been shooting film with Nikon bodies, no it isnt too much of a jump. Granted you will have a good amount on your plate to learn but, it should come easy to you. Besides there will always be quite a few owners in here to help you, if you need it.
#3. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 2
Berkeley Heights, US
>When I first read the title I thought Oh Lord! If all you >shot with was a P&S then it would be too much for an entry >into the Dslr realm but, since you have been shooting film >with Nikon bodies, no it isnt too much of a jump.
Maybe I could of thought of a better Subject Title...
No, I've been seriously into photography since High School (early 1970's), and using Nikon film SLR's since the late 1980's. It's just that I haven't made the switch to a digital SLR yet. I have been using various P&S digital cameras for about 8 years now.
#4. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 0 Mon 28-Jul-08 12:22 PM by Nikon Bob
Thunder Bay, CA
I was basically in the same boat as you are until I bought my D700. I had been using film Nikons including an F90x and just think of it as a digital F90x. I also have had a couple of digital P&S cams so the idea of having to use menus etc. was no big deal. I have used 2 of my old AF lenses and they work just fine for me. I don't think it would be very hard for you to make the jump to the D700, it wasn't for me.
#5. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 4
You won't have a lot of trouble handling the camera, but you really have to learn how to process the pictures. There's just no end to what you can do with the D3/D700s NEF-files - the digital negatives.
#6. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 5
San Diego, US
I was the same as you when I first jumped in as well. I had many years of film experience so I got the hang of it pretty fast. My only learning curve was learning to think in digital since it doesn't have much latitude. Since you've been shooting slide it should be easy because your latitude is about the same.
#7. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 0
In terms of lenses and whether to get a D300 or a D700...
If you select a D300 the 70-200 will have an effective focal length of 105-300 mm and the other lens will have afocal length of approx 50mm to 105 mm. The D300 uses a DX sensoe with a 1.5 crop factor. So it depends whether you would you would rather more reach with the 70-200 and lose a bit on the wide angle and buy another lens to get you back to 35mm. Or get the D700 which will give you the same focal lengths you have with 35mm film. The main advantage with the D700 is it much broader ISO range. If you consider the above variables, and are happy shooting at a maximum ISO 3200 then the D300 is a superb camera and half the price of the D700. Both cameras share many, many features.
#8. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 0 Tue 29-Jul-08 06:17 AM by johno
St. Louis, US
I have been on the same path as you. Film -- P&S -- DSLR (DX) and now D700.
If you have the cash, get the D700 and don't look back. There is a joy of ownership with the D700 that will never be verbalized in any review, and which transcends technical pixel-comparisons.
If you take a lot of pictures of birds or distant small objects you might want a DX format. (Personally, while I respect exceptional wildlife work very much, I don't enjoy it myself.)
However, if you are wanting a camera that behaves like your old film bodies, skip DX and go right to a D700.
Then you can get a 50 MM 1.4 or 1.8 and a few other judicious lens buys and you are back where you were with film. For me DX just never felt right. It was nice having a bit more zoom, but....
Be advised -- there are many ways of looking at this and only one view that is right for you. I had to sell off three pieces of gear I loved to make this happen, and now there four people happy - the DX gear buyers and me. If they are as happy as I am (one buyer used the word "thrilled", the world is now a much beter place! And nobody has made a "wrong" decision.
The good news for you is that there are D300s coming up for sale that have been used no more than 8 months at a steep discount from new. The smart money is on a used D300 or a new D700 I believe.
#10. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 0
johno said it best I think.
I loved my N90/F90x. Shot hundreds of rolls with it. The D700 and D300 are as much the advanced digital brothers to the N90/F90x & F100 as they are uniquely from-the-ground-up designs in many important respects. The fact is, Nikon (and some other makers) had this photography thing figured out a long time ago. The D300 and the D700 are literally extensions of your eyes, hands and fingers, moreso in most respects than the F100 and much moreso than the N90/F90x.
The D700 is a bit heavier than your N90. The D300 is almost identical in weight. Your 35-70 f/2.8 zoom will work beautifully on the D700. Same goes for the Sigma. I own the 35-70 and I believe it's better on the D700 and D3 than on any other Nikon bodies I've owned.
The D300 and the D700 will both provide you with excellent high ISO/low noise performance, with the D700 being clearly superior. But compared to the graininess inherent in even the best fast film, even the D300 will be a revelation for you. Couple the D300 with the superb Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 DX zoom and you'll have a combination which may make you forget the N90 and 35-70 quite quickly IMHO.
#11. "RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?" In response to Reply # 0
Newport Beach, US
Many years ago I had a Nikon 35mm SLR and later a Canon A-1 SLR. Years later I bought a Sony P&S and later a more advanced Sony P&S. Over time, I began to realize the limitations of using a P&S.
I have make the jump to a D700 and have had it for 4 days. So far, it appears to be all I hoped it would be and more. I have had no trouble jumping from a P&S to a D700 DSLR. The camera is very intuitive and the User's Manual is well written and easy to use.
If you have some background or experience in photography and want to move up, I see no problem making a D700 your first DSLR.
...ease into it with a "lower horsepower" camera...just the fact they a SLR's there will be a learning curve. D200's are a good camera as is a D70s (if you can find one)....great image makers, and cameras to "learn" on...